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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Tuesday 26 September 2006
The Royal Berkshire Hospital

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Intensive Care

This week Dr Mark Porter visits an Intensive Care Unit.

When the BBC's Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond crashed last week, he was airlifted to hospital and to the Intensive Care Unit. There, specialist staff assessed his injuries and stabilised him. When he had recovered sufficiently he was transferred to a High Dependency Unit before going on a general ward.

Today Dr Mark Porter visits the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading where the Consultant in Intensive Care, Carl Waldmann, shows him round the ICU.

Most patients are admitted to an Intensive Care Unit following certain surgical operations, or if there are complications post-operatively. Patients are also sent from Accident and Emergency. There is a high level of staffing with most patients having one-to-one nursing care, as well as dedicated consultants, physiotherapists and technicians.

Most patients are on ventilators to help them breathe and under sedation.

Research now shows that a significant proportion of patients in ICU can suffer from psychological problems following their stay in hospital. Follow-up Nurse Melanie Granger tells Mark about the work that's being done to help patients understand what happened to them in ICU, in an attempt to prevent Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Throughout the programme patients who have been through ICU will be recounting their experiences. You can hear more of their stories at www.dipex.org/intensivecare.
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